Should Robotics Companies Help The Workers They Displace?

The Pew Research Internet Project has just published a major survey of tech experts, asking whether they thought robotic devices would displace significant numbers of blue- and white-collar workers. Opinions are divided, with 52% saying no, and 48% warning that we could see a new underclass of unemployable people. » 8/08/14 11:40am 8/08/14 11:40am

Self-Assembling Robots Are Here, And They Are Awesome

Researchers from Harvard, MIT, and Cornell have collaborated to create what is arguagly the first real-world Transformer. Inspired by the Japanese art of origami, the team's folding robot can rearrange in minutes from a flat-packed sheet into a strong, motile, structurally complex body plan – without any help from… » 8/08/14 7:45am 8/08/14 7:45am

The All-American Expo That Invaded Cold War Russia

Over the course of six weeks during the height of the Cold War, almost three million Soviets visited an exhibition that celebrated America. American kitchens, American art, American cars, and most especially American capitalism. The American National Exhibition in Moscow was a full-court press to convince the Soviet… » 7/25/14 12:32pm 7/25/14 12:32pm